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John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

Articles by John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

On Center: Time for Three On Center: Time for Three
1 day ago - Town and gown
When Time for Three was getting its start, the trio called itself the world’s first classically trained garage band. “The term really was something that we used to use. We try not to use it too much these days,” says Time for Three violinist Nick Kendall. “It was a way to [Read More]
On Center: Zap Mama and Antibalas On Center: Zap Mama and Antibalas
5 weeks ago - Town and gown
The powerhouse musicians of Zap Mama and Antibalas are coming together for a funk-infused world-music celebration on Tuesday, February 3, at Eisenhower Auditorium. Congo-born, Belgium-raised Marie Daulne, known to her fans across the globe as Zap Mama, redefines the word “vocalist.” [Read More]
On Center: Moving Architecture On Center: Moving Architecture
9 weeks ago - Town and gown
“At one point,” Portland Monthly’s Aaron Scott writes about a recent show he experienced in Oregon’s cultural capital, “the woman sitting next to me couldn’t resist saying out loud, ‘This is insane!’ in between her running barrage of ‘No [Read More]
On Center: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center On Center: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
14 weeks ago - Town and gown
Listen to Tara Helen O’Connor speak, and it becomes apparent in no time that she and the flute are a match made in heaven. O’Connor, one of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center musicians performing November 20 at Penn State, possesses a seemingly uninterrupted supply of breath, [Read More]
On Center: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra On Center: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
18 weeks ago - Town and gown
Art, science, and culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries come together when Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performs an imaginative concert commemorating Galileo’s first public demonstration of the telescope. The Wednesday, November 5, performance at Penn [Read More]
On Center: SpokFrevo Orquestra On Center: SpokFrevo Orquestra
22 weeks ago - Town and gown
SpokFrevo Orquestra is inspired by the vibrant sounds of Carnival in the northeast Brazilian state of Pernambuco. Frevo, a fiery-tempo instrumental music, is played with brass and percussion instruments and typically serves in a supporting role to street dancers. The Brazilian orchestra — [Read More]
On Center: Broadway Baritone On Center: Broadway Baritone
26 weeks ago - Town and gown
A critic for the New York Times calls Brian Stokes Mitchell, who performs Broadway show songs in his Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State concert debut on Friday, October 17, “the last leading man.” While his career has involved extensive work in television and film — [Read More]
On Center: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet On Center: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
31 weeks ago - Town and gown
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is a twenty-first-century dance company. While ballet’s a piece of its name, tutus aren’t a part of its game. And dancing en pointe is only a sometimes technique. The dual-city company, based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and on the southwestern plateau of New [Read More]
On Center: Cirque Alfonse On Center: Cirque Alfonse
35 weeks ago - Town and gown
Do contemporary circus feats thrill you? Does the scent of fresh-cut pine fill you with nostalgia? Do sweaty, bearded, plaid-clad lumberjacks make your heart skip a beat? Well, then, the show coming to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium on Wednesday, October 8, might just have you yelling [Read More]
On Center: Regina Carter’s Southern Songs On Center: Regina Carter’s Southern Songs
39 weeks ago - Town and gown
Jazz violinist Regina Carter is a restless voyager. Her Reverse Thread (2010) album rejoiced in African folk music. I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey (2006) revived early jazz loved by her late mother. Paganini: After a Dream (2003) was a tip of the cap to an Italian violin [Read More]
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